Meet the T-Hawks
Antony has completed a successful stint in the US before returning to good ol' New Zealand with his better half.
Antony has completed a successful stint in the US before returning to good ol' New Zealand with his better half.
Takapuna, Auckland. Making me a rare born and bred Aucklander.
Remember Bulletin Boards and life pre-email???
It was the bottle opener, but now I guess it’s screw caps…
Bucks Lake. CA. No phone, no internet, no people. But please don’t tell anyone so it stays a secret.
San Francisco California, USA. My parents drove to the city(we lived nearly an hour away) because my mum heard they served wine to the patients… she is not going to be impressed that I shared this but I love this about her.
I am a ‘digital tourism geek.” I love reading a variety of digital tourism and marketing forums and devour websites like TNOOZ, eyefortravel and Skift daily trend reports
VR – Virtual Reality. It isn’t really future technology, it’s available and used already but it is its potential for tourism that I find so exciting. I believe it offers the most emotive and engaging marketing tool to date. It allows those that can’t travel for whatever reason whether it’s financial or physical, to experience other destinations, which opens up the world to a whole new audience. It’s so good on so many levels.
Any place off the map. I enjoy cities but crave natural landscapes with ocean views or open plains, mountains and wildlife to see experiences with my husband.
Tomahawk US CEO
Metairie, Louisiana - a suburb, right outside of New Orleans. I spent my childhood in an area north of Lake Pontchartrain, but spent a ton of time and celebrated holidays with my family in NOLA.
When I'm not into social media or analytics, I follow tourism and digital news. Sites like Tnooz.com, Linkedin (groups), Adweek.com, and Mashable are great for keeping up with innovations.
I love how technologies are pushing the envelope in cross software connectivity and content freshness. In a few years, I see programs interfacing at a much higher level and social media channels posting super current content like live videos and snapchat pictures. Tourism brands will continue to benefit because it brings authenticy, their biggest B to C purchase pull, to the forefront.
I love to learn about new cultures, explore, and catch up on some rest! My ideal holiday would be on a beach half way across the world with my family.
When I grew up I wanted to fly aeroplanes. I’m still hoping to grow up one day so that I can still do that.
My first memory of the Internet was seeing a bunch of computers sitting in the corner of an “Internet café” in London back in ’95. I tried looking up info about New Zealand and was so bamboozled I went back to drinking my beer instead.
Can’t live without my iPad! It collates the news sources I’m most interested in, keeps me connected with family and friends, plays tunes through my Bose speaker, and provides me with hours of endless entertainment. Right now that entertainment is exploring and learning Adobe’s design apps and trying to beat my Angry Birds score.
Three things I would never leave behind when packing for a trip are my togs, camera and Tom! In that order.
Strangely I don’t recall wanting to engage this deeply in health and safety however after sinking three boats, breaking two legs, trying to capture a submarine in a 14 foot tin boat armed with speedos and a spear gun and numerous other follies it’s probably a good thing I crossed to the sensible side.
Back in 1992 I met a forward thinking IT manager at HSBC bank. He invited me to join him on a phone call to Scott base, Antarctica using this new thing called the internet. It was pretty scratchy but he reckoned it was the new future. I was subsequently involved in implementation the networks for the first Internet companies in New Zealand and eventually the team at Telecom (now Spark) approached me for opinion and feedback on their entry to the market with Xtra and its potential effects on my clients. Things have changed a bit since then.
A single all-purpose bloke friendly remote control. How will I possibly cope when the kids eventually move out?
A Gopro Hero4 black, my Samsung phone and a solar charging unit. Comms and media are great until the battery goes Pfutt.
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I’d be a pre-school teacher. I just love kids and I love their energy, it’s so contagious.
I've always been amazed about how kids have their own world filled with fantasy, curiosity and excitement. A never ending quest for fun and adventure!
I have a toddler, so most of my time online is spent in YouTube with him for interactive learning. When I get “me-time”, I enjoy looking for new things to learn such as trying to pick up a new language, reading facts about places and people. I feel so lucky that I was born in the age where the world’s information is at my fingertips.
Travel at the speed of light (or at least a super-fast way to travel ). I love the idea of going places in a snap! I would definitely have a warm, toasted waffle in Liege for breakfast, thin crust pizza in Naples for lunch and a hearty Ramen in Sapporo for dinner. The possibilities of experiencing the world are just endless, what a dream!
A map, my phone (mostly for the camera) and a really comfortable pair of shoes! I would definitely get lost and explore every part of the place I'm visiting.
Working for Greenpeace making a stand for the environment and raising global awareness that the human race will survive only if our natural environments thrive.
TradeMe - looking for the next hidden real estate gem and all sorts of mid-century furniture goodies for our house.
Solar powered cars that have a backup motor that runs on water - the technology is already there but not in a format that can work simply and cost efficiently to be adopted for all. When this is available the reduction in CO2 emissions will be remarkable.
India - getting lost in one of the wildest, oldest and most chaotic places on earth for a few years would be perfect (a bit like the book Shantaram).
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Being a very impatient American, the most exciting future technology for me would be the ability to travel anywhere in half the amount of time or less. Ah! The thought of getting from NOLA to NZ in less than 10 hours is my dream!
Somewhere peaceful and relaxing with an amazing view, unlimited mimosas and massages, and no phone service. I know this place exists!
I always said I wanted to be a “weather girl” when I grew up, then I realized I could become a T-hawk instead
Nelson NZ – I grew up in Ruby Bay and try to make the trip home as often as I can to see my family and enjoy everything this region has to offer.
Anything travel, food or home ware related, need I say more? My ‘go to’ website for inspiration in the kitchen is www.prettydamngoodforyou.com.
I spend FAR too much time crawling in Auckland’s traffic so ANYTHING to help getting from A to B sooner will get my vote!
Well hopefully it’s a trip involving a reason to pop a bottle of champagne so Verve is top of the list, my Bose speaker (you always need music), and my running shoes (always a great way to explore somewhere new or enjoy your favourite spots).
Travel websites and Pinterest closely followed by anything shoe related… I do have a bit of a shoe thang!
My pet robot would have to be an expert at making cups of tea… first thing in the morning to wake up to a cup of earl grey without getting out of bed would be pretty awesome.
I love to travel to new places and would love to travel around Asia sampling all the delicious food! I do also love holidaying here in NZ and there is a pretty awesome camping spot on the Western Bays of Lake Taupo that you can only get to by boat… it’s a little happy place of mine. Very relaxing.
Digital Project Manager
Auckland, New Zealand.
MSN Messenger. I used to spend hours after school talking to my friends on it pre-Facebook, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever that I didn’t even have to speak out loud to be able to talk to them. I loved it so much that I would race home after school to beat my sibling to the computer so I could go on first.
Africa. An African safari is on definitely on my bucket list.
The first would have to be my husband; we’ve been to so many places together, he is my ideal travel partner.Second would be my pillow, I generally don’t like hotel pillows and it’s always useful on the plane, the train or the automobile!Third would an extra suitcase for all the shopping that I’d do whilst away.Fourth would be my hair straighteners….oh, wait, I’m only allowed three, ok the husband has to go!
My phone, for sure! It means I can stay in touch with everyone and everything at the touch of a button. Plus I can search for all the good places to eat, to see & to experience. Occasionally I can even use it to call someone.
Japan. Always wanted to go. I’m fascinated by the mix of culture from the traditional and conservative to the modern and wacky. Love Japanese food and can’t wait to ski in Hokkaido. Would love to take my husband as he speaks Japanese and lived there for four years but if I could only take 3 things, he’d have to stay home with the kids
Assistant Project Manager
Mars One Mission - Human Settlement on Mars – The set of technologies that will make it possible for us to live in a different planet seems impossible now, but with genetically modified people and efficient space travel technologies it is possible in the distant future.
Ted Talks, Youtube and Anime
My dream travel destination is Egypt because of its ancient monuments like Pyramids and Sphinx.
Team Leader - Senior Web Developer
Any place where my knowledge is improved.
A healing machine
My camera, phone and travel mate :)
I love motorsport, so it’d have to be a V8 Supercars Driver.
When we got our first PC back in 1994 – with a 14.4 Dialup modem and Netscape Navigator – it was amazing! (How times have changed).
My iPhone, it’s a lifesaver. I’d have been lost a thousand times with Google Maps!
All of Europe, I enjoyed the handful of places I’ve visited there, and if I had a load of money I’d go back and see much more.
Photographer or a fitness trainer.
I spend most of my time on Facebook playing poker and on YouTube watching music videos or some sort of tutorials.
Well, I cannot live without internet which is a pretty big piece of technology.
A Global Nomad and a Travel Photographer. It is exciting, rewarding, challenging, frustrating and fearful at times yet amusing and beautiful when you capture the world as you see.
Internet = Yahoo!; which I suppose, I believed for a long time. Being asked stupid and sometimes creepy questions on Yahoo! Chatrooms, Orkut and Myspace were bit fascinating at times. World Wide Web is changing at the speed of light and it continues to fascinates me till date.
It would be a "Universal Translator" which automatically translates most comprehensible languages into a language understood by its host. Understanding other languages in a snap is going to be a game changer for travellers and international professionals worldwide.
Completely RAW Motorcycle ride to the MOUNTAINS and country side on never ending roads is just perfect. I can feel my aura while having random motorcycle trips. Once in a lifetime, I would love like to have a Road Trip on my Motorcycle in every country around the world. It’s too much to expect but you never know what the future holds for you
A chef! In fact 10 years down the lane, I’d love to run a café cum design gallery serving a fusion food inspired by Indian flavours with western influences. Not exactly a butter chicken pie but definitely a rose ‘n cardamom macaroon!
Adobe Creative Suite (until something even smarter comes along!)
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
I always wanted to be an artist in some form. Drawing was a way for me to relax and express myself when I was young.
It was the 90s, I remember Netscape was the browser I was using at the time. Websites looked very primitive back then but even as a kid I was excited about an interactive form of accessing/sharing information.
I cannot live without the internet. It makes me feel connected to the world in ways that is not always physically possible. It reminds me that I live in a world much larger than my own.
I get inspired by to the opportunity to learn how people live in other parts of the world and experience different cultures.
A designer of some sort. On my path to becoming a developer I initially trained in graphic design and digital media, all fairly creative fields that had a focus on computer technology. As a gaming enthusiast my career choice was always going to revolve around that magical rectangular box.
Outside of work I would have to say gaming. I’m primarily an FPS (First Person Shooter) gamer but I do enjoy a variety of other genres. I usually prefer multiplayer / co-op games as I have a few friends who are also gamers and it makes the experience a lot more fun when you play with people you know.
Virtual reality hands down... although I doubt it will mature to a stage where it will be what I know it can be. I see VR becoming an integral part in all facets of life. I believe it will reach a stage where it can replace all peripherals we use today and most gadgets that we find ourselves reliant on at the moment. Instead of sitting at a desk In front of a monitor typing on a keyboard and navigating with a mouse, you could be anywhere, using speech and physical gestures to accomplish the same task. The possibilities are endless.
Europe... just all of Europe. The dream would be to have a million dollars and at least a year to explore everything and then come back to the places that left the biggest impressions. Italy would definitely be one of those locations... because pasta.
Hyderabad, India is my place of my birth. A beautifully chaotic city dubbed as the IT hub of India, Hyderabad is rooted in a metro city lifestyle combined with the elegance of traditional culture.
My time is devoted to any site that provides regular updates on the latest technologies and advancements in the industry. Sites that discuss mobile and Microsoft related technologies I’m quite interested in. Code project and Plural sight are particular favourites; I find their course resources for software development particularly useful.
A robot capable of covering all domestic work would definitely make my life a lot easier! Cooking, cleaning, doing the washing and drying... think of all the free time. It would probably have quite a high degree of artificial intelligence as well. I wouldn’t mind a personal driver.
Hawaii always looks incredibly stunning. A summer spent there in the beautiful landscapes and culture would be absolute bliss. The sound of a road trip across the States while we’re there is also quite appealing.
Mobile Phone, credit card, passport.
My Phone and it needs connect to the internet.
Every Disneyland! When I was a child, I always thought it is was the happiest place on Earth.
Disneyland is a story world and the Disney parks have some of the most brilliant stories ever created. I thought at Disneyland, I can find my good dreams.
A teacher. My mum was a teacher when I was young.
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I was born in a beautiful town called Cherthala, which is a town located in the district of Alappuzha, in the state of Kerala, India. Cherthala is well-known for its raw marine wealth and backwaters.
I guess it’s updating/following various sports especially Football and Cricket. I equally enjoy finding interesting movies and series online.
I think it will be difficult without Google especially when my wife don’t have all the answers
My idea of holiday is total relaxation along with the family and some good music.
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South Africa. I came to New Zealand because the grass is so green here. The kiwis are known for their extreme sports and I am a fan of paintball and scuba diving. I think bungee jumping and sky diving is a bit much but I may try sky diving someday.
Fighting other robots! ROBOTWARS!
Japan. The entire country. I have done it once before but want to go back again! I am a big fan of Japanese culture. Their food. A lot of their history intrigues me. I love anime and karate.
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Make beer haha
Summit of some mount/mountain
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I spend most of the time watching sports highlights videos, reading funny posts, chatting from time to time, listening to music on You Tube.
It is difficult for me to describe one ideal holiday because I have many favourite places, I find the mountains to be a wonderful place to rest my eyes, mind and body. I stop thinking about my busy life and problems when I am there.
Switzerland. The country Switzerland is one of the most fabulous touring places on the earth
If you contacted us recently you might have already heard his contagious laugh. Antony has completed a successful stint in the US before returning to good ol' New Zealand with his better half. As customer success specialist, Antony ensures our clients are happy every single time.
Trying my hand coaching rowing at an American collage.
Checking out the news, following politics, watching videos and keeping up with rowing results.
360 degree video. It is a rapidly increasing feature in the way we portray current affairs, entertainment and experiences around the world.
I love showing people around. An ideal holiday can be anything from exploring a place I went as a kid, where I spent my time in America or even showing around my home town.
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My 2G cell phone
Kicking back at home playing online games all by myself. Peace and quiet is essential.
Tana has been with the Tomahawk Team now for over five years. Although he came to us as a 'young pup' with no experience in tourism, he has quickly learned to love everything about the travel industry. From hiking some of the best NZ trails to travelling in the back of a ute all over the country, he has learned to appreciate how travel can change one’s perspective.
In the office he provides entertainment, sticks and balls and is a keen team member also willing to help clean up the staff room kitchen floor after meals.